Master of Health Administration, M.H.A.
If you want a promotion or a career change in the growing field of health care, the Master of Health Administration graduate program at MSU Denver provides an accessible, flexible and affordable education backed by years of tradition.
Built on the excellence and reputation established by MSU Denver’s Health Care Management bachelor’s degree program, the Health Administration master’s degree program (M.H.A.) was intentionally designed to help you expand your professionalism and leadership skills in medical and health services. Students will learn the business side of health care with a focus on course content such as:
- Health care operations, risk management and quality
- Policy, regulations and compliance
- Organizational behavior and human resources
- Health information systems
The Master of Health Administration’s innovative course content and course delivery will help you increase your knowledge and allow you to make informed decisions on issues relevant to today’s health care system.
Graduate students in the Master of Health Administration degree program have diverse backgrounds in health care management, business, integrative health care, public health, biology, sociology, policy, government, senior and aging services, social work and allied health. Even with varying backgrounds, they share one thing in common: a passion to work collaboratively to improve the health and wellness of communities, people and patients.
Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver
Value: The cost of the M.H.A. program is one standout reason to consider MSU Denver's graduate Health Administration program. Moreover, with the intense growth of the health care industry, educated and experienced leaders are in constant demand. Bottom line: The return on obtaining a graduate degree in Health Administration far surpasses the investment. Benefits of earning your MHA include:
- Advancing your career
- Maximizing your earning potential (i.e., better pay)
- Working in a range of disciplines
- Opening doors to previously unattainable career paths
- Increasing employment opportunities.
- Experiencing lower rates of unemployment
- Making a difference
Convenience: The M.H.A. degree program is designed for working adults with course completion options including full time (2.5 years) or part time (2.5-plus years) and an accelerated option (18-months) if you’re focusing solely on graduate school. Eight-week course sessions and online/hybrid learning formats are used to meet the needs of working adults. Using BlackBoard Collaborate and Adobe Connect, hybrid course sessions are available in the classroom and through remote online access, which makes distance learning an option, too.
Relevance: The M.H.A. program curriculum and courses were designed with input from health care industry leaders, the program’s undergraduate advisory board, current undergraduate students and undergraduate Health Care Management alumni. MSU Denver’s bachelor of science degree in Health Care Management was established in 1972, making the introduction of the Master of Health Administration degree a welcome presence at MSU Denver.
Oversight: The M.H.A. Advisory Board is dedicated to MHA students and the betterment of the M.H.A. program. Board members represent varying health care organizations such as:
- Denver Health Medical Center
- Kaiser Permanente
- Colorado Center for Health Progress
- Colorado Health Care Association & Center for Assisted Living
- Eaton Senior Communities
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
- CACC Physical Therapy
- AllHealth Network
Career Opportunities for Our Graduates
MSU Denver graduates who earn a master’s degree in Health Administration have a variety of health care career opportunities in public, private and government sectors. From clinical settings to commercial businesses, the following are just a few examples of employers who need trained leaders in medical and health services:
- Physician group practices
- Aging services and long-term care service sectors
- Home health agencies
- Health departments
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Health insurance providers
- Consulting firms
- Medical supply and equipment companies
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
- Red Cross
- American Hospital Association
With a Master of Health Administration degree from MSU Denver, you can work in a variety of leadership roles in health care, from middle management to executive positions such as these:
- Director of admissions
- Director of marketing
- Managed care analyst
- Risk management analyst
- Sales consultant
- Vice president of human resources
- CEO, COO, CSO
Faculty in the Master of Health Administration graduate degree program are as diverse as the students. With D.H.A.s, Ph.D.s, and J.D.s, they are highly experienced in a variety of health care fields. Plus, many of them earned their Health Care Management bachelor’s degrees from MSU Denver.
Professor Carol Jensen developed the first-of-its-kind B.S. in Integrative Health Care program at MSU Denver and has won numerous awards for her commitment to and love for students and teaching. Starting her career as a Registered Nurse, Jensen transitioned to teaching nursing and holistic health after earning her master’s degree in education. Since then, she’s been helping students at MSU Denver find purpose and meaning on their way to successful careers in Integrative Health Care.
A naturopathic physician, Associate Professor Steve Rissman’s work focuses on improving quality of life for men and boys. Rissman developed MSU Denver’s Integrated Health Care degree program curriculum in men’s health and has had research published on topics such as men’s experience of disease, anger issues in men and anxiety in men. Raised on a farm in Illinois, today Rissman raises horses, chickens, ducks and dogs with his partner and their son.
Alumni at Work
Current students and alumni work in a variety of organizations including:
- Kaiser Permanente
- St. Anthony’s Hospital
- Veterans Administration
- Children’s Hospital Colorado
Learn the skills you need to be a dynamic leader in a changing health care system. The M.H.A. course curriculum is based on competencies for the graduate program, which were established according to best practices recommended by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and review of other graduate programs across the country.
The M.H.A. program curriculum at MSU Denver is broad, so students will be prepared to handle a variety of responsibilities. Examples of courses you will take as a graduate student in MSU Denver’s Master of Health Administration degree program include:
Also, the program culminates in a capstone course that allows you to choose a thesis or field experience in an area of health care that interests you.
The Master of Health Administration graduate degree program is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission and is an Associate Graduate Member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).
MSU Denver’s Master of Health Administration maintains the highest standards in teaching and curriculum. With AUPHA membership, the MHA graduate degree program can benchmark student success with other programs in the U.S. to continually make enhancements that help meet the changing needs of the health care industry. Upon graduation of two M.H.A. cohorts, the M.H.A. graduate degree program will seek additional accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), estimated to occur in 2020.
Highly ranked for its veteran student services, MSU Denver is VA certified for the post 9/11 GI Bill. The Military Times listed MSU Denver among its “Best for Vet: Colleges” in 2016 and 2017. Now in its sixth year, the ranking is the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military students’ success rates.